Shanghai Triad (1995)

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Director: Zhang Yimou
Cast: Gong Li, Li Baotian, Wang Xiaoxiao


Brought in from the country by his uncle to work for a ganglord's mistress, a wide-eyed young boy is witness to intrigue, adultery and reprisals.

The Review

Lavishly made and with a bittersweet air of inevitable tragedy amid its opulent sensuality, this marked the end of Yimou's exceptional early period and the beginning of his increasing preoccupation with the oriental equivalent of 'heritage cinema'.